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Steely Resolve achievement in Final Fantasy III (WP)

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  • Shiney CheeseShiney Cheese
    26 Jan 2014 26 Jan 2014 27 Jan 2014
    The Iron Giant is basically the "Hidden Super Boss" of Final Fantasy III, and is easily the most difficult enemy in the game. This guide will consist of multiple steps on how to access the dungeon where The Iron Giant is located, what items and equipment you will need the prepare for it, how to efficiently build up your character levels and Job levels, what Jobs you should use, and battle strategy.

    Accessing the ??? Dungeon

    In order to gain access to the ??? Dungeon, you will need to receive all four letters from The 4 Old Men and Alus via Mognet (In order to receive Alus's letters, place Arc at the front of your part when using Mognet). You should receive three letters from The 4 Old Men and Alus during the main story line, but to receive the fourth from each requires you to do a few more things:

    1. Obtain every summonable boss monster

    Saronia Catacombs, Lake Dohr, Bahamut's Lair are optional areas where you can obtain summonable monsters by defeating the boss at the end of the dungeon. Odin is in Saronia Catacombs, Leviathan is in Lake Dohr, and Bahamut is in Bahamut's Lair. Here is a map of locations: http://www.finalfantasykingdom.net/finalfantasyiiiworld....php

    2. Defeat all bosses in Eureka

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    3. Open approximately 80% of the treasure chests in the game

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    4. At least One character must reach Job level 99 and receive a Job Master Item from the Legendary Smith

    In order to gain access to the Legendary Smith, complete this quest line:
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    Now that this is done, get one Job up to level 99. Here is a guide on how that works:
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    Now, you will need to find the Legendary Smith. She can be found at random at these locations:

    Here is a map: http://www.finalfantasykingdom.net/finalfantasyiiiworld....php
    Ur, inside the well
    Sasune Castle, East Tower, Floor 3
    Healing Copse
    Village of the Ancients, Inn
    Gysahl, Chocobo Pen (center part of town)
    Dwarven Hollows, at entrance to Subterranean Lake
    Replito, inside Northernmost house
    Saronia Castle, second basement level
    Doga's Village, central island
    Ancient Ruins, Inn

    The best advice I can give you for finding her is to travel back and forth from Healing Copse and Gysahl, since they are very close to each other. She will appear at one of those locations eventually.

    Once these steps have been completed, check Mognet again and you should recieve a letter from The 4 Old Men titled, "True Heroes" and a letter from Alus titled, "Saronian Legend." You are now able to access the ??? Dungeon. Here is how to find it:

    From the Floating Continent access point in the Main world, use the Nautilus and travel a little bit South (to the point where the access point is still on screen). Now travel East. You should come across an obvious shadow on the ocean. Dive underwater where this is. Once underwater you should see a patch of sea weed. Travel into it to access the ??? Dungeon.

    Job Formation

    There are two different Job formations you can use for battle:

    Viking, Ninja, Devout (or Sage), Bard (or another Ninja)
    This is the Job formation that I personally used. You should probably be at level 80+ before attempting to fight The Iron Giant (I was at level 93).

    4x Onion Knight
    This is the best Job class in the game. The only catch is that you need to be at character level 99 to make this the best Job class in the game. They can equip almost every weapon and piece of armor, and can use every White and Black magic spells (but not summons). Throughout most of the game, their stats are garbage, but once you hit character level 99, all their stats will be at the maximum (except for HP). This party with the right strategy can easily beat The Iron Giant, but you practically have to be at level 99 for it to work.

    Here is how to obtain the Onion Knight Job:

    With Luneth at the front of your party, use Mognet. You will receive letters from Topapa. The fourth letter he sends you is titled, "The Children Are In Trouble!" When you get this, go back to Ur village at speak to Topapa. After this, go to Altar cave and head to the hole that you fall down in at the very beginning of the game. You will find the children here, and you will have to fight 3 Bombs. After beating them, you will be rewarded with a Crystal Shard allowing you to use the Onion Knight Job.

    Equipment, Spells, and Items

    Here is how I equipped my party:

    Luneth - Viking
    R-Hand - Mighty Hammer (Viking's Job Level 99 weapon. +20 Vitality. Equipping 2 Crystal Shields may also be an option)
    L-Hand - Crystal Shield
    Head - Ribbon (Nullifies negative status effects. Not sure if this is a factor with Iron Giant. If not, you can swipe with Crystal Helm)
    Body - Crystal Mail
    Arms - Crystal Gloves (+4 Strenght, +4 Vitality)

    Ingus - Ninja
    R-Hand - Muramasa (Ninja's Job Level 99 weapon. +5 Strength, +10 Agility, +5 Vitality, +5 Intellect, +5 Mind)
    L-Hand - Genji Shield
    Head - Ribbon (Nullifies negative status effects. Not sure if this is a factor with Iron Giant. If not, you can swipe with Genji Helm)
    Body - Fuma Garb (+3 Vitality, +3 Intellect)
    Arms - Genji Gloves (+4 Strength, +4 Agility)

    Refia - Devout
    R-Hand - Holy Wand (Devout's Job Level 99 weapon. +20 Mind)
    L-Hand - Elder Staff (+ 6 Mind)
    Head - Ribbon (Nullifies negative status effects)
    Body - White Robe (+5 Mind)
    Arms - Protect Ring (+2 Strength, +2 Agility, +2 Vitality, +2 Intellect, +2 Mind)

    Arc - Bard
    R-Hand - Lamia Harp (2 handed weapon. +5 Mind. Requiem is used when you select the Sing skill. Trust me, this is very important.)
    Head - Ribbon (Nullifies negative status effects. Not sure if this is a factor with Iron Giant. If not, you can swipe with Ballad Crown - Bard's Job Level 99 helm: +10 Vitality, +10 Mind)
    Body - Bard Vest (+2 Agility, +2 Mind)
    Arms - Protect Ring (+2 Strength, +2 Agility, +2 Vitality, +2 Intellect, +2 Mind)

    Spells needed (Devout)

    Curaga
    Curaja
    Arise

    Items needed:

    4 Turtle Shell (2 can be found in Replito: SW corner of town, on the East side of the house and NW corner of town, next to the trees. 1 can be found in Lake Dohr, Floor 2. 1 can be found in Bahamut's Lair, Floor 2. Can also be stolen from Sea Witch, Killer Hermit, Ologhai, and Kelpie)
    25+ Shuriken (can be purchased on top floor of Eureka. There is a hidden wall on the East side of the floor leading to a guy selling them. They are expensive)
    15+ Elixer (common drop from Dragons in ??? Dungeon)

    Here is the setup for Onion Knights:

    Equipment:

    R-Hand - Crystal Shield (or Onion Shield)
    L-Hand - Crystal Shield (or Onion Shield)
    Head - Ribbon (or Crystal Helm/Onion Helm)
    Body - Crystal Mail (or Onion Armor)
    Arms - Crystal Gloves (or Onion Gauntlets)

    Spells (all party members):

    Protect
    Curaga
    Curaja
    Flare
    Arise

    Items:

    Elixers

    Character and Job Leveling

    There are two spots that you can use to level up your characters. The place I preferred to level is Bahamut's Lair, Floor 2. If you are at a reasonable level and have good equipment, the enemies aren't that difficult, and you will average around 5,700 XP per person after a battle (on Floor 2 you will always encounter 3 enemies per battle). The other place you can level is in the ??? Dungeon. You will be fighting one type of Dragon per battle and they can be quite difficult. The average XP you will get from a battle can range fron 7,500-15,000 per person. Dragons can also drop pieces of Onion armor, if you want to choose the Onion Knight Job formation, though they are rare drops. Also, don' walk too far North or you will accidentally trigger the Iron Giant boss battle...

    Read this to learn how to efficiently level up your jobs
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    Here are my Character and Job levels at the time of battle:

    Luneth - Viking - Level 93, Job Level 99
    Ingus - Ninja - Level 93, Job Level 99
    Refia - Devout - Level 93, Job Level 99
    Arc - Bard - Level 93, Job Level 8

    The Ninja, Devout and Bard's Job Levels don't necessarily have to be at Level 99, but in order for the Viking's Provoke skill to work 100% of the time, it has to be at Level 99 (or at least very close to Level 99). This is very important in the battle strategy.

    Iron Giant Boss Fight

    Before encountering, make sure all of your party members are in the back row. This will reduce the amount of physical damage given.

    The Iron Giant has 199 999 HP. It attacks either three or four times per turn.

    Phase 1 (more than around 50% health) attack pattern: three (or two) single physical attacks, and Meteor (magic damage to entire party)/or another single physical attack.

    You will be using the Viking's Provoke skill so that the Iron Giant will only use his physical attacks on him. The Viking has high Vitality and Armor rating, so you will want him to absorb that damage. Again, in order for the Provoke skill to work 100% of the time, the Viking's Job Level should be at Level 99.

    Round 1:
    Viking - Provoke
    Ninja - Turtle Shell (item) - use on Viking (casts Protect, physical damage reduced by 50%)
    Devout - Curaga (or Curaja if you have around 17+ spell uses) - use on Viking
    Bard - Turtle Shell (item) - use on Devout (casts Protect, physical damage reduced by 50%)

    The Viking will typically get off Provoke first thing in battle, and the Ninja's high Agility will allow you to use the Turtle Shell item before the Iron Giant can attack. The physical attacks absorbed by the Viking will deal around 1,000 damage per hit. The Meteor spell deals around 500-1,000 damage per person.

    Round 2
    Viking - Provoke
    Ninja - Turtle Shell (item) - use on Ninja (casts Protect, physical damage reduced by 50%)
    Devout - Curaga (or Curaja if you have around 17+ spell uses) - use on Viking
    Bard - Turtle Shell (item) - use on Bard (casts Protect, physical damage reduced by 50%)

    Now that all party members have Protect, it is time to deal massive damage with the Ninja and Bard. Also, if you notice that your other party members HP are starting to drop down, have the Devout cast Curaja on the entire party.

    Round 3
    Viking - Provoke
    Ninja - Throw - Shuriken
    Devout - Curaga (or Curaja if you have around 17+ spell uses) - use on Viking/Curaja on entire party
    Bard - Sing (with Lamia Harp equipped, the song Requiem is always used)

    The Ninja should do 9,999 damage, or at least very close to that amount. The Bard's Requiem song damages enemies based on the amount of HP they currently have. Since the Iron Giant has 199 999 HP, you will be doing 9,999 damage every time until late in the battle.

    Keep using this strategy. When you think you have damaged the Iron Giant to close to 50% of it's health you will always want to have the Devout use Curaja on the entire party

    Phase 2 (less than around 50% health) attack pattern: three (or two) single physical attacks, and Swipe (MASSIVE physical damage to entire party)

    Once you have damaged the Iron Giant to around 50% health, it will start using Swipe once per round. If the party has Protect on them, this will do around 3,500 damage per person. If not, it will do around 7,000 per person. As said before, casting Curaja on the entire party is a must for this part of the battle

    The only drawback to using Curaja on the entire party is that the Viking will probably not have all of his HP recovered at the end of the round due to the additional damage he takes from the single physical attacks. In order to prevent him from dying, have the Bard use an Elixer on him every other round. This will recover all of his HP.

    Rest of Battle
    Viking - Provoke
    Ninja - Throw - Shuriken
    Devout - Curaja on entire party
    Bard - Sing (with Lamia Harp equipped, the song Requiem is always used)/Elixer on Viking

    Keep doing this and you should kill him. Yay you! Also, the Iron Giant is included in the Bestiary so you will need to beat him to unlock the 100% Bestiary achievement as well
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    Onion Knight Strategy

    Place all party members in the back row

    Round 1:
    Onion Knight - Protect (self)
    Onion Knight - Protect (self)
    Onion Knight - Curaja
    Onion Knight - Flare

    Round 2
    Onion Knight - Flare
    Onion Knight - Curaja
    Onion Knight - Protect (self)
    Onion Knight - Protect (self)

    Now just cast Flare to damage and Curaja to heal as needed (Curaja can be casted with 2 party members, will probably be useful in the second half of the battle). If a member can't cast Flare anymore use an Elixer on them. Keep doing this and you should win.

    Below are videos of the Iron Giant Battle. The first one is a party similar to the one I used, and the second one is a party of Onion Knights with all Onion equipment.
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    GeoffistophelesNow this is a detailed guide. A few notes, since I recently went through this hassle. (Sorry about removing the upvote, I accidentally posted this as a new solution and it was removed that way.)

    If you can level for at least half an hour at a time, it's worth it to find a fight with Blucks, as they can summon Kum Kums indefinitely. Buy a full stack of 99 Hi-Potions, guard if the Blucks attack you, attack only the Kum Kum when they summon, and heal once you're down 500 HP if you'd guard otherwise. This can take a solo character from level 65 to 90 in roughly 4-5 hours while also being fairly mindless. I fight one Bluck at a time up to level 80, then two at a time past that to increase the chances of Summon. Before that, you take too much damage. Also, the best way to switch characters at the end is to grind as long as possible, then use a Phoenix Down on one of the others, heal them up, then have the level 90 character punch themselves into oblivion so the new character gets a ton of free XP for nothing.

    I did the fight at level 90, with everyone having 8700+ HP. Based on one luck screwup, my tank dropped from 9000 even to 700, so plan on at least 8500+. Also, a higher Bard level results in more damage from Requiem; damage doesn't cap at 9999, only the display. So if you deal 20,000 damage, it still says 9999.

    I opted for the Genji Helm, Crystal Helm, and Ballad Crown - the only status effect I saw was my Viking get Silenced on a regular attack. Take the extra defense over Ribbons.

    Finally, there's a small bit of luck due to the pseudo-random turn order. Typically, my fights went Viking -> Bard -> Ninja -> Iron Giant -> Devout. However, near the end, my Devout got ahead of Iron Giant and healed everyone before they took any damage, then went back to normal on the next turn. This means my Viking took a total of six regular attacks, then two Swipes on top of that for a total of 8300 over two rounds before I could really do anything about it. If it happens and starts to kill characters, nothing to do but reload and try again.
    Posted by Geoffistopheles on 28 May 14 at 21:18
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